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Old 08-01-2017, 02:57 PM   #121
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I actually really like the miata handles. I'm just not sure how it would look on the truck as I'll still have the oem turn style handles on the hood (although I did buy some new latches to experiment with to maybe get rid of those things)


A problem I've discovered with the vintage handles is actually finding a set in decent shape that isn't $$$$$ or $$$ for repops. Looking around on craigslist, I can buy a complete miata door for around $50 each Plus they would probably be easier to setup as most vintage handles are an in/out motion while the miata handle operates up/down already. And can be very simply modified so the integrated lock blocks the handle from opening vs needing a locking door latch mechanism.
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Speaking of latches, these showed up today. The big ones and plates are for the doors, the mini ones I'm going to try and use for the hood latches.



The stock latch system. It still worked fine, but the issue with these old style latches is if you start driving aggressively, doors start flying open



They latch just fine, but there is nothing to prevent them from coming apart if you pull them apart front to rear. The modern style bear claw latch pin has a shoulder on it so it can't pull apart like that.




Stock door/latch



Modified. I flattened this area so I would have plenty of room on the inside between the latch and window track. I then had to move the latch outward on the door as the B-pillar is a bit narrow and I couldn't get the pin far enough inboard on it. No biggie.



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The new pin in place.



I didn't like it having all those washers on there so I and bumped the sheet metal out a bit.



Inside with the door closed



Perfect fit. Pulling/pushing down on that lever unlatches the door.

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Old 08-03-2017, 01:10 PM   #123
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